2015 Ford F-150 is 700 Pounds Lighter Thanks to Use of Aluminum [w/video]
Meet the all-new Ford F-150. The venerable Ford pickup has consistently been one of the best selling vehicles in America, and for the 2015 model year, Ford is adding “smart” to “tough” as its defining attributes. The Ford F-Series lineup has been the best selling truck in America for 37 years, and the best selling vehicle in the US for 32 years. Through those decades, it has adapted with the times and the 2015 F-150 is no different. Efficiency continues to be on everyone’s minds, and to that end, the new F-150 is a full 700 pounds lighter. Here is how they did it. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Ford F-150
First off, they employed the extensive use of aluminum. When the Ford Atlas concept (from which this truck takes design inspiration) debuted with miles of aluminum, we suspected that was a teaser concept, and that the production truck would have only select aluminum parts. They did this with the previous F-150. Not so– as much of the body is aluminum. Still, the boxed frame is made of high-strength steel.
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Because of the lighter weight, Ford was able to expand the V6 engine options. The 3.5-liter V6 carries over as the base engine, as does the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Slotting in between those engines is a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Ford claims this new engine will deliver the power of a V8. For those of you who don’t believe it (or don’t trust a V6 for your daily tasks), there is always the venerable 5.0-liter V8.
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With 700 pounds shaved off, we can’t wait to see how a truck like this drives. In the meantime, check out this promo video. According to the clip, the new truck has the only power-lowering tailgate, and an updated version of that goofy "man-step." Enjoy!